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What is Amish Rumspringa?

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Amish Rumspringa is a period of time in which Amish boys and girls are allowed greater freedom before they are baptized and under the authority of the church in their community. During Rumspringa, Amish kids get to experience activities that are not accepted in their community.

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What is Amish Rumspringa?
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Typical activities that Amish youth take part in during Rumspringa are picnics, hiking, parties, swimming and sports such as volleyball. They may also buy a car, wear modern clothing or buy electronics, such as a television set or DVD player. Rumspringa differs in each community, with some communities providing adult supervision, and others not requiring supervision. At the end of Rumspringa, Amish youth are ultimately left with the choice of becoming a member of the church or straying away from it entirely to lead a separate life.

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